Juston Gates, EMEA DePuy Synthes Lead CMF
I’m delighted to be here again at Davos, where CMF discussions flourish and new ideas abound at the AO Davos Courses 2019. The crown jewel in the 125+ educational opportunities provided by @AOCMF each year, the Davos roster reads like a virtual who’s who in the world of CMF. Our 60-year partnership with AO Foundation has always put us at the forefront of knowledge acquisition and trendsetting, and this year is no different. Our team is pumped to be here in Davos and fully primed to embark upon another year of fostering great distinction in craniomaxillofacial care!
We’re back this year to collect and build upon AO insights across several key CMF focus areas, including but not limited to, advancing the application of personalized solutions in CMF care. Nowhere but at Davos, where brilliant medical minds converge and ideas fly, can you study CMF trends, uncover unmet needs to address with new solutions, and glean valuable data and observations from clinical experts to improve next-generation products in such a focused, well-orchestrated way.
“Behind every mask there is a face, and behind that a story.” - Marty Rubin
Success in the CMF world is largely predicated upon our ability to help surgeons in their quest to restore the hopes and dreams of individuals affected by CMF trauma. One way to achieve this is through personalization, a growing trend in CMF, and something everyone is talking about at Davos this week. Personalized solutions that deliver advanced technology and procedural support for facial reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, distraction and cranial reconstruction are blazing new trails in the following 3 ways:
1. Accuracy through the visualization of anatomy and the identification of surgical challenges within a 3D planning environment, intraoperative patient-specific tools to accurately transfer the plan to the OR, and personalized implants. The ability to use patient-specific 3D models enables tactile feedback and a greater sense of the visuospatial relationships of the involved anatomies, personalized implants typically being the final “piece of the puzzle” that further enables the transfer of the virtual plan to the patient.
2. Efficiency through virtual surgical planning assisted by experienced clinical engineers to optimize preparation, surgical time and the number of procedural steps.
3. And, finally, to the benefit of the patient, by striving to achieve satisfying aesthetic results and minimizing operative time.
This year at Davos, my team and I are particularly excited to demonstrate and obtain feedback on our current exciting portfolio of personalization solutions and to help guide our future product development direction. We also look forward to discussing new emerging trends and clinical needs in the CMF space with both the distinguished AO CMF faculty, who teach their courses using our products exclusively, and with the globally renowned CMF masterminds who help make Davos the flagship learning opportunity in our industry. Hope to see you here!